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CALDWELL: “WE HAVE THAT EXTRA GEAR”

28 December 2015

Boss praises fantastic Fleetwood win as Andy Kellett, Jordy Hiwula and Michael Jacobs are on the mark in 3-1 success.

  • Caldwell praises side’s ability to find “extra gear”.
  • Praise for substitute Hiwula who came on to grab vital goal.
  • Gary looking forward to 2016 promotion challenge.
Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell was delighted to see his side record consecutive away victories and extend their Sky Bet League One away unbeaten run to eight games.

Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD after goals from Andy Kellett, Jordy Hiwula and Michael Jacobs helped to secure a 3-1 win at Fleetwood Town, Caldwell praised his side’s ability to go up to another level late in a game as substitutes Chris McCann, Yanic Wildschut and Hiwula all made a fine impact.

“It was fantastic to win the game,” Caldwell said. “In the first-half I felt we were in control without creating a lot, and we were pleased to get the goal from Andy.

“Second-half we had opportunities to kill the game off but it was difficult against the wind and we ended up conceding a soft penalty in what was probably our best spell of the second half, at that point.

“We had to throw on the reinforcements and Yanic and Jordi were fantastic, that is what we need - we need everyone in the squad to contribute.

“It seems when the chips are down that we seem to have that extra gear and ability to win games which is something every team needs.”

Hiwula now has six goals in 11 matches for Latics in all competitions and Caldwell says the on-loan Huddersfield Town man can consider himself unlucky not to have seen more first team football at the DW Stadium.

“Jordy can probably count himself hard done by when I pick the team because he works very hard and he has contributed a lot when he has played,” Caldwell added. “After displays like that, he comes to the front of my mind.”

Latics finish 2015 in fifth place in League One now and the stage is set for a big push in 2016, according to the Scot.

“We have to keep winning games and we have to do our job and keep chipping away at the lead that those top teams above us have,” he explained. “If we keep winning games, like the two away fixtures we just have, then that will go a long way to achieving that.”

Backed by a sell-out crowd of 1,400, Latics enjoyed some more memorable celebrations with their supporters and the clash with the Cod Army proved no different.

“This is why we’re in football; we do it for the fans,” Caldwell continued. “They travelled again in their numbers and we have given them some good days this year but there is still a long way to go to give them what they really want.”

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